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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Pictures of the Year

University Grand Marshal Brian Horne, an Associate Professor of Music, carries the Mace to the stage to start the processional during the Indiana University Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Memorial Stadium. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Kasim McCarthy-Brown improvises dance moves joining the Movement Cooperative (MoCo) at IU for an impromptu cameo as they perform a traditional rain dance before the reveal of a Rainworks, a type of rain-activated artwork, during the CultureFest After Party on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Year in Instagrams

This year I went back and forth on whether I should continue to post only iPhone photos to Instagram. Now that the platform supports vertical and horizontal, non-square images I’ve seen a lot of DSLR images proliferate on Instagram. Ultimately, I decided to stick with the iPhone because it represents an interesting creative challenge to try to create with a cell phone camera. Nothing against the photographers who post DSLR images on Instagram, but personally I didn’t want it to become a place to merely post all my daily work. I have and continue to use Instagram as a creative challenge – in a good way. It forces me to visualize differently. One of my goals for 2017 is to post more often to Instagram than I did in the second half of 2016. This includes using the new(ish) Instagram Stories feature. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2016. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

Banners before the #iubb game against NebraskaBeautiful morning for a walk across the @iubloomington campus. It's starting to feel like spring.First #iubb game this seasonCombination of snow and fog this morning at @iubloomington.Monroe County Courthouse dome seen on beautiful winter morning from Poplars Parking Garage.A swimmer waits for her event at the #NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.Evening light casts a shadow of tree branches on an Indiana University seal carved into the side of the Rose Well House.#NCAA Division II Swimming Championships.IU Student Building reflected in an #iubb ad across the street. Interstate 65Dad leaning on his “evil, wicked, mean and nasty” 1957 Chevy Bel Air.Aboard the Great American EscalatorCommencement underway at @iubloomington.The struggle is so real. Dinner and the viewFord Model A.Get lowMarion, Indiana.1957 Chevy.Earl is ready to move.Babs of the LakeFisherman out early on Lake OuachitaIU Block Party.Traditions and Spirit of IU.Lumber aisle.Beautiful morningSunset on Kirkwood.Fall foliage outside of @iumediaschool and Student Building at @iubloomington.A shaft of light illuminates an angel on the Christmas tree under the West Baden Springs Hotel dome.Walking in a winter wonderland

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Pictures of the Year

Culling through a year’s worth of images is always a very humbling experience. It’s an interesting exercise because it always gives me a good overall perspective of what I’ve done – or haven’t done – with my year. The year 2015 marked a move away from photojournalism work to more commercial, marketing and event photography. I still did a fair amount of photojournalism freelance work, but the bulk of my day-to-day shooting was not photojournalism for the first time. Interestingly, I processed more “selects” in 2015 (7,876) than I did in any single year while I was a full-time staff photographer. So while it sometimes felt like I wasn’t shooting as much this year, I actually was. Below are my 10 favorite moments of 2015. Thanks for looking, and I wish everyone a great New Year.

J Thomas Forbes, executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association, waits at the start/finish line before driving the pace vehicle for the Women's Little 500 on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

J Thomas Forbes, executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association, waits at the start/finish line before driving the pace vehicle for the Women’s Little 500 on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a group of School of Global and International Studies students on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the school on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Secretary Kerry's visit coincides with the dedication of the university's state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building, which opened in August. Kerry is the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a group of School of Global and International Studies students on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the school on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Secretary Kerry’s visit coincides with the dedication of the university’s state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building, which opened in August. Kerry is the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Year in Instagrams

I’m very thankful for Instagram. It’s a great platform for photographers to exercise and expand personal vision while discovering new photographers. (Seriously, this isn’t an ad for Instagram.) For me, it’s a great daily challenge in visual thinking. It forces me to see the light in everyday situations, which helps to keep me visually stimulated. Almost all of my photos from this year were #nofilter squares. The only filter I used was Inkwell to create contrasty, black and white images. I’m still a big fan of the traditional square because it’s an interesting aspect to work with coming from someone who shoots a lot of 3:2 rectangles on a DSLR for a living. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2015. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

Craziest house party I've been to in yearsWishing my wonderful and beautiful fiancée Barbara a very happy birthday todayLone leafIU banners.Typical Earl.IU logos carved into limestone are seen at the main entrance of the Student Building. The architectural firm Vonnegut and Bohn from Indianapolis designed the building. Firm co-founder Bernard Vonnegut is the grandfather of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The building was built in 1905.Rainy day on the @iubloomington campus.It's a rainy day on the @iubloomington campus (but at least it isn't snowing).Post-brew cleanup.Broadway in NashvilleEarl.Little 500Old Glory still flys on this old church on Bethel Lane north of Bloomington.Packing up my camera gear for a trip to Kokomo and South Bend tomorrow, I look over and see these two jokers on my bags.You don't know JackImportant wedding business: tasting the Hoppily Ever After IPA homebrew.Boats on the Ohio River in Cincinnati.Herman B Wells raindrops.Great show at The Bluebird tonight by Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench PressIU Jeff Gordan's last Brickyard 400.Dunkirk, IndianaFirst day of fall semester classes at IU Bloomington.Morning hike in Capri, Italy with peninsula near Sorrento visible across the Gulf of NaplesSunset behind the Arch of Constantine in Rome.Babs at the VaticanFall foliage is increasingly visible on the IU Bloomington campus including next to Franklin Hall, future home of the IU Media School.Sunday.Evening light at the IU SGIS.St. Louis

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Pictures of the Year

Editing this post each year is usually a very humbling experience, but this year it was also bittersweet. In July, I left my newspaper staff photographer job to move to Bloomington with my fiancée. As I looked through hundreds of images from South Bend, I was reminded of all the special people and places I experienced and had the opportunity to photograph over the past couple years. It took me a while to adjust during the transition from a staff position, but I was ultimately able to refresh my personal vision. I now feel as though I’m shooting and seeing in a more careful and deliberate way. I’m looking forward to carrying this momentum into 2015. Below are my 15 favorite moments of 2014. Thanks for looking, and I wish everyone a great New Year.

James Brosher 2014 Year in Pictures

Taylor Lizzi, a 10-year 4-H member from Bremen, reacts as a bucket of cold water is dumped over his head during a water fight in the dairy beef club’s wash stalls during the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair on Friday, July 4, 2014, in South Bend. Several club members took part in the water fight, marking an unofficial end to 4-H competition at this year’s fair. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

James Brosher 2014 Year in Pictures

Dressed as a police officer Carter Tripp, 2, takes a seat at the feet of his father, Elkhart police Cpl. Jason Tripp, during a resolution honoring Tripp and Cody Skipper for their part in ending an active shooter situation at a Elkhart Martin’s Super Market on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis. Tripp and Skipper shot and killed gunman Shawn Walter Bair on Jan. 15, ending a rampage that left Krystle Dikes, 20, and Rachelle Godfread, 44, dead at the Martin’s on East Bristol Street in Elkhart. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Instagrams

I’m a fan of Instagram. I try to use it as an exercise in daily visual thinking. I believe a person’s personal vision is not unlike an athlete’s muscle: it needs to be exercised in order to stay in shape. Instagram allows photographers to do this on a daily basis whether it’s by photographing serious stuff or cats. Trying to express myself visually in daily situations is a healthy challenge. This has become even more important to me after I left my newspaper staff job in July. Instagram helped to keep me visually stimulated in the lull between shoots as I adapted to the freelancer life. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2014. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Pictures of the Year

It’s always nice to look through my work at the end of any given year. It gives perspective to the journey I’ve taken professionally as a shooter. Sometimes it’s hard to take a step back during the year to see the big picture of my body of work. Selecting my favorite images for the inevitable “pictures of the year” features in the paper and online are always a humbling yet satisfying experience. It is humbling to see my weaknesses and areas of improvement and satisfying to see where I started and where I ended in my growth (hopefully) as a photojournalist. Below are my 15 favorite moments of 2013. Thanks for looking, and I wish everyone a great New Year.

Lily Strang

Lily Strang, 6, listens as Bethel volleyball coach Kevin Ulmer talks to his players before a volleyball match against Grace College on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Bethel College in Mishawaka. Strang, who suffers from Fanconi Anemia, signed a letter-of-intent to become a Bethel Pilot and was issued jersey No. 14 thanks to Team IMPACT, an organization that pairs children with serious chronic illnesses with college teams. On this night, the college collected donations in place of admission fees for Strang as part of a send-off. Strang is set to undergo a bone marrow transplant followed by a long isolation period. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Airport Travelers

A woman and child make their way past airline check in counters on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the South Bend Regional Airport. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Pictures of the Year

It’s already 2013, but here’s one final parting glance with 12 of my favorite frames of 2012. It was an eventful year as I moved back to my home state of Indiana after a year working in Wyoming. The biggest story I covered was Notre Dame’s undefeated season. I had the opportunity to photograph all but two of their 12 wins this season. On Friday, I will be heading down to Miami to photograph the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama. The first two years of my professional career have been rewarding, and I’m looking forward to what 2013 has to offer.

Notre Dame Michigan Football

Notre Dame cornerback Josh Atkinson celebrates with the Irish student section after a win against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

April Boughton

April Boughton attempts to blow a bubble as she competes in a game styled after NBC’s “Minute to Win It” on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Hannah and Friends in South Bend. Boughton, 22, comes to the facility a few times a week to play games and to groom horses at the stables. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Personal Work in 2012

One of my goals for 2012 was to push myself to think visually in non-work environments. I wanted to do this to keep my vision sharp and fresh. The daily grind at a newspaper can sometimes become a wall that is hard to break through, leaving you feeling as though you work at some sort of building-mug-producing picture factory. I experienced this before and was determined to increase my personal and self-assigned work in 2012 to stay creative and continue to find a sense of fulfillment in my work. My subjects ranged from lighthearted things such as family, friends, vacations and my girlfriend to more serious assignments such as the NATO Summit protests in Chicago. The results of this goal turned out to be some of, if not my best pictures of the year.

Tom Morello, the former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, performs during a NATO Summit Protest on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Grant Park in Chicago. Despite pleas from organizers, Morello insisted on performing amidst a large group of people. (Photo by James Brosher)

Little 500 Miss-N-Out

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Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Pictures of the Year

For the most part, 2011 was a pretty good year for me. I got my first staff photographer gig, survived a Wyoming winter, shot a rodeo, dressed like a cowboy for two weeks straight and got the opportunity to work on a long-term picture story. Can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for me. I put together a complete “2011 Year in Pictures” gallery that includes 100 shots in chronological order. But if you don’t feel like spending 30 minutes looking at photos, here are my 10 favorite frames from this year:

Jack Osborn, left, 10, and Brayden Wiesen, 11, take a break towards the end of the day inside of a chute during the first go of slack tie-down roping on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Frontier Park. Several youngsters including the two funneled cattle into chute 9 from 8 a.m. to about noon for slack tie-down roping. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Jack Osborn, left, 10, and Brayden Wiesen, 11, take a break towards the end of the day inside of a chute during the first go of slack tie-down roping on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Frontier Park. Several youngsters including the two funneled cattle into chute 9 from 8 a.m. to about noon for slack tie-down roping. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Aspen Rewerts, right, a kindergarten student at Jessup Elementary, reacts before hugging Mark Stock, superintendent of Laramie County School District No. 1, after Stock checked her work before recess on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the school. Stock was teaching in place of Kathleen Blaes-Garcia for the day after Blaes-Garcia won a contest for donating to the Cheyenne School Foundation. "It's been refreshing," said Stock, who taught third and sixth graders for eight years before becoming an administrator. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Aspen Rewerts, right, a kindergarten student at Jessup Elementary, reacts before hugging Mark Stock, superintendent of Laramie County School District No. 1, after Stock checked her work before recess on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the school. Stock was teaching in place of Kathleen Blaes-Garcia for the day after Blaes-Garcia won a contest for donating to the Cheyenne School Foundation. "It's been refreshing," said Stock, who taught third and sixth graders for eight years before becoming an administrator. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

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